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Science Museum reopening refurbished IMAX: The Ronson Theatre

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The Science Museum is reopening its refurbished and renamed IMAX: The Ronson Theatre, an immersive storytelling experience, on December 9.

IMAX: The Ronson Theatre will reopen following a major refurbishment with the UK premiere of BBC Earth’s Antarctica 3D, shown in new IMAX with Laser.

The IMAX will be one of two screens to feature the best of digital and analogue cinema in Europe. It features IMAX 70mm film and next-generation IMAX with Laser.

IMAX with Laser provides increased resolution, crystal clear projection, sharper and brighter images, deeper contrasts, and the widest range of colours available to filmmakers.

IMAX 70mm film and next-gen IMAX with Laser

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The Science Museum’s IMAX, which has been closed for 10 months for the revamp, will host host newly-released blockbusters, 3D educational films, cinema classics, and live events.

Ellis Williams Architects designed the IMAX, which features modern cinema seating for maximum comfort and a new concessions area with relaxed seating and refreshments bar.

Sustainability was at the heart of the refurbishment, with the design including seats made from post-consumer recycled fibre and carpets made from recycled plastic.

“We’re delighted to be safely welcoming back audiences to our revamped IMAX cinema next month, hopefully projecting some joy as well as igniting curiosity in our visitors with incredible stories of scientific endeavour,” said Sir Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group.

UK premiere of BBC Earth’s Antarctica 3D at IMAX

“Cinema has a tremendous power to spark our imagination and transport us to other worlds, a means of escape that is much needed by us all today.

“As we look to our world beyond coronavirus, I can’t imagine a more fitting film to open this magnificent new cinema than Antarctica 3D, which explores the impact of climate change on our planet.”

The redevelopment was made possible by The Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation. Booking is now open for Antarctica 3D, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Hubble 3D.

The Science Museum Group recently released another statement outlining its redundancy plans and challenges ahead amid COVID-19.

Images: Science Museum Group

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